This past year, we got a bunch of initiatives from the Fort. One of them is that every student on campus is supposed to fill in a special degree plan form on the campus computer system. Guess whose fault it will be if someone doesn't fill it out?
I have nothing against students figuring out what they want to take to finish their degree. I think it's a great idea, and I've been helping students do it for a good long time. But I don't want to be treated like I'm lousy at my job because the student didn't fill in a form on a computer.
Another big initiative has to do with trying to get students to graduate more quickly. We have a dismal 4 year graduation rate, right along with most other regional comprehensive public universities. It is what it is.
So the Fort has sent over a command that all advisors are supposed to look at their advisees' credits, and do something to ensure that the advisees will graduate in a more timely manner.
I'm not sure what they want me to do, though. Do they want me to email every advisee who's within a semester of graduating and tell them exactly what to take? And threaten them with what if they don't?
I'm not sure. Some students who are close to graduating come in and chat, and we go over their planning carefully. But students who have junior standing don't need to see an advisor at all, so they can change majors, add a second major, add a second minor, whatever, without an advisor's input or advise.
I have to go to a departmental function shortly. I went out with friends last night, and I had the best time, and I'm thinking that's going to contrast hugely with how this evening's thing feels.